Architectural or 3-Tab

Asphalt Shingles come in two standard design options: Architectural (also known as Dimensional) Shingles, and 3-Tab Shingles. 3-Tab are essentially flat simple shingles with a uniform shape and size. They use less material and are thinner than Architectural Shingles, and are therefore lighter and lower cost for both the material and the installation. They also do not last as long or offer Manufacturer's Warranties as long as good architectural asphalt shingles. 3-Tab are still the most commonly installed in lower-value homes, such as those used as rental properties. However, they are declining in popularity in favor of the architectural style. Dimensional, or architectural shingles are thicker and stronger, vary in shape and size, and offer more aesthetic appeal; casting more distinct, random shadow lines better mimics the appearance of traditional roofing materials such as cedar shingles. The result is a more natural, traditional look. While more expensive to install, they come with longer manufacturer's warranties, sometimes up to 50 Years - typically prorated, as virtually all asphalt shingle roofs are replaced before such an expiration could be reached. While 3-tab shingles typically need to be replaced after 15–18 years, Dimensional typically last 24–30 years. Proper roof ventilation has been known to extend the lifespan of a roof, and a strong slope that can help to prevent water damage from freezes or pooling is also helpful.

With the modern advancements in technology and design asphalt shingles are made in many different colors and designs. 

- At the end of the day we have to warranty all of our work. This is why we only use the best products on the market. We offer a competitive workmanship warranty on all full roof replacements. Listed below are the brands we have grown to love for their reliability and transparent manufacture warranties.

BP Shingles Canada
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certainteed roofing canada

Shingles are the easiest roofing system when it comes to repairs due to leaky roofs or wind damage.  So don't be afraid to ask about an inspection. You might just need a repair! Basic Repairs starting at $275.00 plus hst.

Asphalt Shingles Pros and Cons

Asphalt shingles can be a great alternative for a quick and economic repair, but be sure to understand the benefits and drawbacks of using this product.

Pros

  • Easy to Install

  • Economic Alternative

  • Relatively large lifespan

  • A wide variety of colors to choose from

  • Can be recycled

Cons

  • Can decay with sudden weather changes

  • If possible avoid installing them in severe cold weather

  • Wind can affect and generate uplift upon the shingles

  • Attic ventilation problems can reduce the shingles’ life

  • Although not high, maintenance is required. It is recommended to have periodic maintenance routines

  • They are not an environmentally friendly product as they are made out of petroleum by-products

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